Get Involved

New Castle County Head Start, Inc. depends on community support by way of in-kind or monetary donations and volunteer services to provide excellence in early childhood education to over 600 children each year.

New Castle County Head Start, Inc. receives receives less than 70% of its total funding from the Federal Department of Health and Social Services. The remaining funding must be secured through state and local resources, community partners and private donors.

The federal government’s formal definition of in-kind donations is:

a property or service that benefits a grant supported project or program and are contributed by non-federal third parties without charge to the grantee. In-kind contributions may consist of the value of real property and equipment and the value of goods and services directly benefiting the grant program and specifically identifiable to it. In-kind match is counted for the period when the services are provided or when the donated goods are received and used.

Donations may be made directly by check to New Castle County Head Start, Inc. or by direct designation through the United Way of Delaware. In Delaware, please use United Way of Delaware Agency code #439. In Pennsylvania, please use United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Agency Code #10608.

All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. New Castle County Head Start, Inc. was granted exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information about making a donation, please complete the contact form or call (302) 452-1500.

How You Can Help


Volunteers play a critical role in the Head Start program. From classroom activities to individual student support, there are countless ways for parents and community members to get involved and make a difference in a child’s life.

New Castle County Head Start, Inc. invites community members and organizations to get involved. For more details on volunteer opportunities, please complete the contact form or call (302) 452-1500.

Download the Volunteer Handbook This is a PDF document.

Goods and Services

New Castle County Head Start, Inc. relies on donations of goods, such as new classroom supplies, including crayons, construction paper, copy paper and paper products, and services, such as transportation, printing, landscaping and contractor, by generous individual, corporate and community donors.

Corporate and Community Donors

Corporate and community donors provide critical funding support for the Head Start program. Corporations and individuals have donated thousands of dollars to help purchase playground equipment and much needed educational supplies for the centers.

Click here to download the 2013 - 2014 New Castle County Head Start, Inc. Annual Report